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Stephanie Watts Career Development Award

Sponsored by the Council on Hypertension’s Trainee Advocacy Committee and Data Sciences International (DSI)

Award Application Window: April 16–May 25, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. (Central time)

This award supports young investigators working in hypertension and cardiovascular research who show exceptional promise but may be currently unfunded or have limited access to extramural funding. A subcommittee nominated by the Council on Hypertension Training Advocacy Committee will select up to three finalists from applicants who apply through the Council Awards Application System. The finalists will present at Hypertension Scientific Sessions where judges will decide the winner based on the criteria, application documents, scientific merit and quality of their presentation.

The Stephanie Watts Career Development Award was established to honor the advocacy work of Dr. Stephanie Watts, an active member of the Council on Hypertension, who has always advocated for the needs of the many trainees associated with the Council. The works of Dr. Watts led to the creation of the Trainee Advocacy Committee, which she chaired from 2005 to 2007. As a founding member of the TAC, she contributed to the planning of the Hypertension Summer School, another important Council on Hypertension past initiative that helped many trainees to become highly skilled hypertension researchers. Although no longer an official member of the committee, her outstanding support of TAC activities continues. Dr. Watts is an exemplary mentor, who is avid to assist her trainees and many others to reach their career goals and become accomplished scientists who aspire to her achievements.

Eligibility Criteria

  • All applicants must be members of the AHA/ASA Council on Hypertension or Council on the Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease by the time of application. If you need to become an AHA/ASA Professional Member, you should do so before submitting your abstract and award application materials. Join or renew today!
  • Applicants must be early career investigators active in hypertension or cardiovascular research. Candidates include PhDs and/or MDs who are transitioning to their independent careers or PhDs and/or MDs who are still within in the first four years after their first faculty appointment (regardless of tenure-status), as of the award application date.
  • Funding requirements: Applicants are not required to have current funding. However, for applicants who are not funded, they must be working in collaboration to a senior mentor active in hypertension or cardiovascular research.
  • Since this award is for young investigators, researchers who have secured funding similar to an R01 (or equivalent), or in excess of $300,000/year direct costs will be ineligible.
  • Notwithstanding the above, the AHA Officers have the discretion to determine eligibility for the award in extraordinary circumstances when there is an issue relating to AHA policy or positions or other potentially controversial issue relating to the positioning or perception of the AHA.
  • Previous awardees are not eligible to re-enter the competition in subsequent years.
  • There are no citizenship requirements.
  • Selected finalists will be asked to present their project pitch at the Hypertension Scientific Sessions where one awardee will be selected.

How to Apply/Required Documents

Electronic submission through the Council Awards Application System is required. Hard copies of any part of the application cannot be accepted.

The following items must be submitted through the Council Awards Application System for consideration for this award:

  • Description of current research interests involving hypertension.
  • One-page project proposal.
  • One-page explaining how the DSI system will help their research program and detailing the infrastructure given to the development of the project and applicant career progress.
  • Describe anticipated path to independence, or career trajectory, specifically stating how this system will aid in their career development.
  • Copy of abstract submitted to the conference.
  • Support letter from institution/department head.
  • Two recommendation letters, where one should not come from the same institution.
  • Two-page Curriculum vitae, including bibliography of the most relevant publications.
  • List of current/pending grant support.
  • Statement from institution stating that the equipment can be moved with the investigator.

For applicants who currently have funded research (un-mentored) - no mentor is needed.

For applicants who are unfunded or who have mentored-based funding, they will additionally need to supply these documents from mentor:

  • 2-page Curriculum vitae, including bibliography of the most relevant publications.
  • Statement of mentor’s support detailing grant support.

Visit the Council Awards Application System to complete an application.

A username and password previously set up through online registration at Professional Heart Daily will be necessary to access the Application System. AHA Professional Members who are creating an online profile for the first time should make sure to register using their AHA membership identification numbers.

AHA Professional Membership and affiliation with the Council on Hypertension or Council on the Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease is required of all applicants for this award. If you are joining the AHA to apply, please wait on your AHA membership number to arrive from AHA Member Services via e-mail before creating an online profile and starting your application file.

Prize

Selected finalists will be asked to present their project pitch at the Hypertension Scientific Sessions where one awardee will be selected.

The finalists will receive:

  • Plaque
  • Complimentary ticket to the Council on Hypertension Luncheon

The winner will receive:

  • A complete 4-animal telemetry system including: 4 telemetry implants, any necessary hardware (e.g. receivers, matrix, APR (if doing pressure)), a 4-channel acquisition Ponemah software license with BP and/or ECG analysis modules, and a computer*.

*This equipment will be donated from DSI in totality. DSI has agreed to contribute to this award for 3 years. Following that time, the program will be reviewed for further funding or to be discontinued. There will be no additional costs, no free registration or travel expense reimbursement from DSI. DSI will pay for shipping.


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